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Chicken Breeds item created by Super Admin, Jan 10, 2012
Pros - Consistant layer, large eggs, docile, quiet, winter hardy
Cons - Doesn't like to be held
This is the perfect backyard chicken in my opinion. Mine lays the largest eggs in my flock. Beautiful eggs, light pinkish brown and thick shelled. She was my only chicken who laid every day throughout the winter. She is docile, sweet and quiet. My only complaint is that she hates being held, I know this won't matter for most folks!
Pros - Good egg layers, friendly, winter hardy
Cons - None
I always keep a couple of these birds in my flocks. These birds are not amazing egg layers but they will lay for a long time. At an older age they tend to be egg eaters so extra protein and calcium is recommended. These hens are independent and seem to avoid predators very well. They are friendly and non-aggressive. Over the years we have gotten New Hampshires from different sources, and they seem vary from from hatchery to hatchery. From personal experience, McMurray has been the best for us.
Pros - Quick maturity, free range well, not flighty but not pets either, do well in confinement, beautiful colour, good dual purpose,
Cons - Can be aggressive, not a lot of breast meat, single comb a liability in cold
Good all around chickens, Fastest maturing I have had. Started laying around the 18 week mark for earliest. Not impressed with amount of breast meat on excess roosters I culled. But they are hatchery stock and with selection will get better.
Pros - very tame, lay big eggs.
Cons - that are a little agresive to other timid birds
i had 1 new hampshire red hen, i purchased as a chick from murray mcmurray hatchery, i let my father name her when she was a chick, and he named her sunshine! she was very sweet. and she was very pretty, too! i picked her out because i wanted to get a red-ish chicken, but i didnt want a rhode island red. she started to lay when she was 5 1/2 months old, and her 1st egg was BIG!!! unfortunately i sold her the day she laid her 1st egg, she was a little mean to my timid chickens and she would peck them when she were eating or drinking while she was eating or drinking. but she was always nice to me, she would fallow me around the yard waiting to give her a snack.
here she is as a chick (she is on the left)
and here is a pic of her when she was 5 months
Pros - Very Friendly
Cons - Mean to Other Chicken Breeds
I have 2 NH Red Hens mixed in with my Buff Orpingtons, Speckled Sussex hens and a Roo and my Easter Eggers. They are the first to run to greet me when I walk through the gate and follow me around everywhere. They let me pick them right up with no fussing. Mine are very late layers because they are over 25 weeks old and I have not received an egg from either of them. Their vents and Pelvic bones do not show any signs of being ready either.
What I don't like about this breed is how aggressive they are to my other birds. Especially my Easter Eggers. They will not let my poor timid Easter Eggers around if I'm feeding treats and will peck them and run them off. They also will try and attack any bird that I pick up off the ground. I am so glad that I do not have a NH Red Roo because if the girls are this aggressive I can't imagine how aggressive the males are. Because of how late they lay and their aggressiveness towards other breeds and I would not get this breed again.
Pros - Friendly, tame, And just pretty
Cons - They are very cannibalistic
I have six new Hampshire Hybrids ( half wyandotte half new Hampshire) and they are just the goofiest friendliest funiest ever. They all take dirtbaths together. They are very sweet . I love em all! I recommend them. They are extremely cannibalistic to whoever the runt is.
Pros - Pretty good layers, pretty, good at free ranging
Cons - Flighty
These birds are pretty, lay pretty well, and are great free rangers. I love this breed but boy can they fly (at least the bantams I have can)! These chickens are probably the best at flying that I have ever run across. Mine are also pretty skittish, but that is probably because I didn't have them as day olds and they probably didn't get held that much.
These birds are good and I would recommend them, just keep in mind that the bantams can be flighty.
Pros - Curious, good looking, tame, friendly, great layers, hardy
Cons - Eats a lot of food!
My New Hampshire girl is a a very curious and friendly chicken. She's a great layer (I get an egg everyday!) and even lays through the winter. The only con I can think of is that she probably eats more than any other chicken I've had. If you're a beginner and want a larger bird I think new hampshires are the way to go!
Pros - Nice duel purpose breed, docile and good layers
Cons - Non really
I have raised dozens of these birds, and am very impressed with them. They are great duel purpose birds, and have very nice personality's. I recommend this breed!
Pros - Gorgeous, good layer, not noisy, intelligent
Cons - She can be a little skittish, picks on other chickens (occasionally), not very broody
I have one new hampshire red hen and I adore her, she has beautiful, red plumage and is not a fuss. I really love her. She lays very well and is not at all noisy. She can pick on other chickens, but rarely and she is definitely one of the smartest chickens of the flock. I have not noticed her going broody at all, which is not a problem for me. She also is amenable to being handled, but does not enjoy it, as our Orpington's do.